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    an article

    Can I consider this as a rule or not?
    "When a singular countable noun is used in a general sense or meaning you can use it without an article"

    example: "The discovery of society"
    It is a title of a book.

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    Re: an article

    I would not treat it as a rule. For instance, your own post contains the singular countable nouns "title" and "book". I can't think of a context in which these could be used without an article and in a general sense.

    You might say that some abstractions and some nouns that relate to conditions, states, etc. can be used in this way, e.g.

    1. Fever can kill a man / He has a fever
    2. Imagination would be a drawback in this job / He has a vivid imagination

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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    Re: an article

    Both fever and imagination are not necessarily countable nouns, so they are exempted from this rule.

    Further, I couldn't understand this sentence: "some abstractions and some nouns that relate to conditions, states, etc. can be used in this way"
    and its relation to the examples you mentioned, would you please explain them?

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    Ata

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    Re: an article

    Hello Ata,

    Apologies for the confusing answer.

    I wonder if I could respond to your original question in a different way. Consider this version of your rule:

    1. When a singular countable noun appears without an article, it most probably has a general sense or meaning.

    Thus here:

    1. Fever can kill a man.

    "fever" has a general sense; while here:

    2. He has a bad fever.

    it is specific.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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